When the days are getting colder and darker, you know it's the time for some winter warmer dishes. But, it can be hard to scout out the crème de la crème of gooey goodness among all those seasonal menus. That's where we come in. We’ve followed our noses and the sounds of people going 'mmmm' to bring you a guide to the best fondue in Manchester.
If you like your fondue boozy and with a side order of entertainment, then bier palace Albert's Schloss is the one for you. Their gourmet sharer of melted gruyère, emmental and fontina cheese is served alongside white wine, while being topped off by bratwursts, pickles and potatoes for dipping. From pretzels to strudel and great sloshing steins washing it all down, this truly Bavarian foodie experience is bringing Oktoberfest party vibes to Albert Square year-round.
Bombay To Mumbai
Who said fondue had to be plain ol' fromage? There are no rules here. Head a little out of town to Bramhall, where you can uncover this hidden gem of authentic plates taking the famous street food dish pav bhaji and giving it a twist. Bombay To Mumbai will have you dunking handmade soft dinner rolls in their Indian fondue - a blend of mashed veggies, spices, cream, milk and cheese - in no time at all.
A double-whammy of the good stuff can be found at The Mews on Deansgate's menu. That's right, you'll get both kinds here and, better yet, this is the place for bottomless fondue in Manchester too. Tuck into a pot of melted Italian fontina cheese, which is served with sourdough and British charcuterie, or opt for the indulgent chocolate version alongside seasonal fruit, all while enjoying unlimited wine or pilsner. Then, if you fancy more winter offerings, there are themed cocktails for afters.
Sweet-toothed folk and lovers of all things sumptuously savoury alike will feel at home at The Laundrette, as it's offering up Alpine favourites for your starter and dessert. Whether you want to plop garlic dough balls into lashings of liquidy smoked truffle cheese or use some Manchester chocolate fondue to smother brownie bites, strawberries, marshmallows, toffee pieces and Belgian waffles (yup, it's a full on feast here), you're sure to get your fix.
The Sparrows is a fondue restaurant in Manchester pairing Swiss cheese and mortadella with focaccia, sweet cherry tomatoes, new potatoes and pickles for submerging. Plus, the rest of the menu at this continental venue covers everything from spätzle (a Swiss-Austrian pasta), to Polish or Russian-style dumplings and goulash. Not only does the menu nail comfort food, but there are pickle-shaped ornaments hanging on the Christmas tree - a cool German tradition you can't miss.
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